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Glasgow Doors Open Days Radio
Broadcasting 24/7 from the 13th-19th september
For this year’s festival, tune into GDOD Radio – an extension of the usual festival programme curated and brought directly to your ears. Tune in across the week for a variety of special commissions, lectures, talks, field recordings and community submissions. All content has been divided into several categories: GDOD Artist commissions, Community Spaces Spotlights, Lectures, Walks, Archive and Community Submissions. Scroll below for more information on everything available throughout the week.
GDOD Special Artist Commissions
Time Binding Ensemble presents Harvest Moon:
[broadcasting daily at 12pm + throughout]
Local artist Kay Logan (aka Hellena Celle, Time Binding Ensemble, Herbert Powell) stuns with a beautiful drone-like piece recorded and produced inside the Macintosh Queen’s Cross Church, using the building’s natural resonant frequencies. Continuing from recent release ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’ that was inspired by the crumbling brutalism of the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic seminary in Cardross, this piece focuses on the contemporary relationship between secular and religion. In Kay’s own words: “I named the piece after a Mackintosh watercolour that I’m fond of, which is cited as one of his more symbolist, spiritual works. A lot of the Time Binding Ensemble focus is on the inadequacy of secularism to provide meaning in the contemporary era, so it was interesting for me to record in a secularised church designed by a person who cited his work as being concerned with the soul.
Visit the Macintosh Queen’s Cross Church as part of Doors Open Days 2021, or explore more of Kay’s work here.
Sue Tompkins presents Visitors:
[Broadcasting daily at 12.50pm + throughout]
Sue Tompkins is a British visual and sound artist based in Glasgow. She is best known as vocalist for the now defunct (and aptly named for this festival) indie rock band ‘Life Without Buildings’. For the festival this year, sue has produced a piece of vocal performance work themed around ideas of openness and the city of Glasgow.
Sue Tompkins is represented by the Modern Institute.
Community Spaces, Lectures and Walks
Community Spaces Spotlight
[Broadcasting daily 7pm + throughout]
Glasgow Doors Open Days has worked closely with three community spaces across Glasgow to produce three radio transmissions. Children from the Mutual Playing Ground summer yard school at Govanhill’s Rumpus Room bring a self-produced radio transmission. Listen to some of these youngsters discuss Glasgow, what they would do with the city if they were in charge, and of course, heated debates about Roblox. Later, drop into a broadcast from Flourish House – a mental health recovery facility based on the International Clubhouse movement, that aims to build meaningful relationships through meaningful activity. Learn about the space and what it means to the building’s members, alongside some beautiful musical performances that capture the hustle and bustle of the building. Finally, drop into the Woodland’s Community Centre and Garden – a Development Trust and charitable organisation that aims to improve the
Woodlands area of Glasgow and the lives of local people. Amongst the birds and insects of the community garden, hear from members across the various groups that use the space and learn about the work being done to build their sustainable community.
Simon Murray – How To Approach A Ruin
Join lecturer, performer and researcher Simon Murray for a lecture and discussion, based on his recent book “Performing Ruins” – about the relationship between ruins, dilapidation, and abandonment and cultural events performed within such spaces. Through analysis of these performances and spaces, we are invited to question our own approaches to ruined spaces, how we approach them and the value and significance they might hold. This broadcast was recorded at the Woodlands Community Gardens, and was held in conversation with Tom Willis.
University of Glasgow Chapel Choir presents: Sounds and Performances across the University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir dips into their archives for an aural exploration of the various spaces and buildings of the university through sound and performance. Featuring choral and sound art pieces recordings across campus including the Hunter Halls, the UofG Memorial Chapel and the Cloisters.
Live from the Barrowland Ballroom
A collection of classic live recordings from various artist performances from inside the much loved Barrowland Ballroom. Features performances from Simple Minds, The Clash, The Cocteau Twins and New Order
Wikipedia & Activism Addressing Untold Stories – GDOD 2020 Archive
Find out how people in Scotland are addressing inequalities and gaps in history with the internet’s encyclopedia in this hour long talk from Dr Sara Thomas, Scotland Programme Coordinator for Wikimedia UK. Part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Digital Festival 2020.
The Complexities of Commemorating Difficult Heritage – GDOD 2020 Archive
Monuments and plaques are generally created to celebrate events and people, so how do we memorialise difficult and contested histories?
This conversation relates to prescient debates about what is and what is not acknowledged and remembered in the built environment, particularly when it comes to addressing the history of slavery, colonialism, imperialism and empire. Featuring Ashanti Harris, Peggy Brunache and Rosie Spooner. Part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Digital Festival 2020.
Guidigo Audio Tours – GDOD 2020 Archive
Explore our growing archive of Guidigo audio tours that provide walking routes around the city with accompanying sound tracks. Tune into Dr Rosie Spooner’s Critical Heritage Walk of Kelvingrove Park. This critical heritage walk takes its cue from the fact that much of Glasgow’s urban fabric reflects the city’s deep involvement in colonial and imperial networks that were economic, social and cultural in nature.
Janet Finlay takes you through the history of the The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps and Secret Garden. You will hear the story of local businessman, John Ewing Walker and how his ambition in the 1870s to develop the north bank of the river resulted in a commission to Alexander “Greek ” Thomson, the top architect of the day.
Finally, explore the extraordinary architecture of Maryhill. This mini audio tour will explore Mackintosh in Maryhill and the surrounding area, talking about Maryhill’s past, how the canal links with the industrial revolution which impacted Mackintosh’s career and how he is celebrated here today.
[Broadcasting daily 4pm-6pm + throughout]
Throughout the festival you will be able to listen to a variety of audio works submitted by the general public – themed either around the concept of the everyday Glaswegian experience or this year’s festival theme, Sustainable Communities.
Those Who Possess Dirt presents High Street Plant Walk – one part botanical musings from a walking workshop held on 15th June 2021 around Glasgow’s High Street, and one part guided walking tour of Glasgow high street’s urban flora. The walking workshop was facilitated by “Those Who Possess Dirt”, an on-going collaborative research project committed to reaching out to more-than-human beings through site-embedded approaches. Keith Watson, curator of botany at Glasgow Museums, shares his knowledge through this workshop. Accompanying India, Shona, Ruby and Clarinda (founding members of Those Who Possess Dirt) are Confela, Emily, Rachel and Jamie.
If you wish to undertake your own walking tour, guided by this audio, you can find an activity pack to help you identify plants and weeds here.
Those Who Possess Dirt undertook a 3-week residency at New Glasgow Society’s High Street space, (279-281) where we melted the boundaries between human and plant-life, extending the notion of heritage and urban-scape to more-than-human lifeforms.
Artist Aaron Smyth presents Dies Irae – a sound piece that responds to an Albert Road tenement building that had its front face collapse during Storm Ophelia. This left the side of the building exposed, the rooms viewable to the outside world, a rare glimpse into the private world of the domestic. The samples bring together specific narratives which play out dramatically against this ‘theatre set’ of a building.
Aaron Smyth is an Irish contemporary artist who works between Dublin and Glasgow. Smyth’s practice investigates identity and the way in which identity arises. It explores how our experience is visually coded within systems of power and how these codings in-turn shape us.
The Glasgow City Heritage Trust presents a piece of audio theatre titled Gallus Glasgow. The freshest air was at Glasgow Green, the match factory took many a young life and the docks were bustling with industry. Take a step back to the 1800’s with Gallus Glasgow, presented by Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
Created by SUUM.studio, Music Composition and Sound Design, David Donaldson, Writer, Chris McMillan, Voice Actor, Karen Bartke.
Isobel Stewart takes us through the history of a Victorian hidden gem beneath Glasgow’s Central Station. Through the demolished town of Grahamston and the abandoned railway station that still remains…
@tnmnttiles presents an Audio Tile Hunt. Tnmnttiles is an archival project, aiming to capture the ceramics, stain glass, iron work and wood work found within tenements around Glasgow so that they can be preserved for future generations. Join the group for an audio tile hunt as they explore various closes and explain the importance of their work.
Craig Hunter presents Stamperland – A recording of a regular walk taken by three friends through woods between Linn Park and Busby, which someone has marked as Stamperlandland on Google Maps.
Three original poetry performances can be found amongst the schedule. Dominic Quigley offers a poem entitled Glasgow Kiss about their childhood memories of coming into Glasgow as a child for chirstmas. Chris Tait presents Mosaics of Streets, a poem about life in the West End of Glasgow, while Kirsty Curror asks Who is the Everyday Weegie?
Tom MacFadyen presents a piece of sonic art titled Discovery of an Urban Wilderness. “this is a piece of sonic art that I produced specifically based around the theme of sustainable communities. All the sounds used are from Glasgow and Ayrshire, and it explores the intriguing dichotomy of urban life and it’s surrounding nature… this piece acts as an ode to my newfound appreciation of the rich orchestra of sounds in Glasgow”
Catriona Gibson can be found on the podcast episode titled Women of Substance – a chat show about two formidable Glaswegian women Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh and Isabella Elder.